KBShortcuts: An Amazing iPhone Productivity Tweak

What do you get when you mix ActionMenu, TextExpander, and Swype? It might end up in a disaster for those unskilled, but when rising jailbreak developer iSam is behind the project, people should take notice.

His latest tweak, dubbed KBShortcuts, is a masterfully skilled mashup of all of those previously mentioned ideas, and it’s resulted in an absolute must have tweak — so much so, that It’ll leave you wondering how you ever got by without it…


Interestingly, I have my own little personal back story with KBShortcuts. You see, iSam previously developed a tweak named Double At, a tweak that I reviewed a while back. While that tweak was very simple, I immediately saw promise in the concept. I saw a potential TextExpander-esque app for the iPhone; a real implementation, not the weaksauce App Store version.

I asked iSam if he could flesh out Double At into something more, and then I didn’t hear from him for a while. Now, I know why…

It’s because he was slaving away at developing a tweak that was leaps and bounds beyond my expectations. He took the best elements of Swype, TextExpander, and ActionMenu, and made it work within a single tweak.

The result? It doesn’t just work, it excels. It makes me wonder how in the world I was ever able to do without it. It’s the same kind of feeling I had when I first tried ActionMenu on the iPhone, or TextExpander on the Mac. It’s something so simple, that I can’t believe it hasn’t been done until now. It has undo capabilities!

Watch the video, and tell me if those same feelings don’t resonate with you. I dare you to tell me that those 30+ swipe commands, and 10 custom text expansion commands don’t have you excited.

KBShortcuts is still in beta mode as of now, but judging by how polished the build I tested out was, it should be available shortly. The price will be $2.50 when it’s released, which is totally worth the added functionality that you gain.

I’m anxious to hear what you guys think about this, and if you’re as excited about it as I am. Let me know in the comments below.